Weekly Web-up Advance Review:
Spectacular Spider-Man #1000!

Title: Spectacular Spider-Man #1000
Writer: John Ostrander
Pencilers: Todd Nauck & Michael Ryan
Inkers: Mark Pennington & Victor Olazaba

I haven’t read any of the other Marvel Issue 1000 installments, and I don’t know what the point of them is supposed to be. I’m also not too certain as to why they chose to do an issue 1000 of SPECTACULAR Spider-Man, since that particular adjective hasn’t been used for a Spider-Man book in quite a bit. I do love me some Spider-Man comics though, and figured…Spidey’s been really good lately, maybe this will follow suite. Sadly, no.

So, this issue is basically¬†an after-school special. Drugs are bad, peer pressure is bad. Jocks are bad and if they bully people, nerds will bring guns into school and that also…is bad. Oh, and bullies are bullies because their dads don’t love them enough. I’ve been reading iterations of this Spider-Man filler issue ever since I was a wee lad, and I just don’t care anymore. This issue was written for the sole purpose of teaching a lesson, which a LOT of comics do and have done for decades. The problem here is that the issue just reads like a PSA with The Punisher thrown in. It’s meat-fisted and stale.

The only thing memorable about this one is the cover. Paolo Rivera provides a beautifully done image, that at first glance looked pretty basic, but then I noticed something. We’ve seen Frank Castle pinned down, taking cover, while unseen assailants fire from off-panel time and time again. The tiny little touch that makes this cover noteworthy is that while The Punisher is dropping a clip out of his side-arm and grabbing for another clip to reload…Spidey is doing the exact same thing at the same time, but with his web-shooters. His spent cartridge is popping out of the apparatus, while Spidey prepares a fresh cartridge for thwippin’. Maybe I’m easily amused, but I thought that thoughtful little touch added something special and placed me, as the viewer, directly into the moment with the characters.

If only issue followed through on the promise of the cover.

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3 Comments to “Weekly Web-up Advance Review:
Spectacular Spider-Man #1000!”

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  1. Mark Mackner says:

    Thanks for the review! Yeah, I read the synopsis on marvel.com, and it didn’t SOUND all that interesting, and your review has confirmed that for me. Todd Nauck sucks, and I wish they’d stop giving him Spidey work. A good super-villain might’ve sold this for me, but high school bullies and nerds with guns won’t get me to read a Spider-Man book. Now I can spend my $3.99 on something worthwhile, like cheap fast food or bus tokens. Or another comic.

  2. JD (Host) says:

    Yeah, definitely not worth your money. Nauck has gotten better over the years, since his stuff on Young Justice or whatevs, but still not a huge fan.

  3. Mark Mackner says:

    Flipped through it at the shop yesterday. Nauck’s work did look slightly better than I’m used to with him, but $4.99????? Because they tack a reprint on at the end? Nope, nope, nope. I skipped it.

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